Slap Cup Drinking Game: How to Play

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The Slap Cup Drinking Game is a perfect choice for larger groups that want to play simultaneously. In this intense table game, players duel by bouncing a ping pong ball in their cup as fast as possible before the other player does.

The game can get a bit messy, so we would advise you to choose an outdoor or indoor setting where it is okay to spill some in case of an accident.

In this guide, we will guide you through the complete rules and gameplay of this game so that you can start playing right now!

What do you need?

  • 5 or more players
  • 3 party cups per player + 2 extra cups
  • 2 ping pong balls
  • Enough drinks
  • A table, any shape

The Setup

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to setup the game:

  1. Give three cups to each player.
  2. Each player fills all three cups 1/2 with beer or wine.
  3. All players arrange their cups at the center of the table.
  4. Shuffle the cups so that no one knows what drink to expect.
  5. Everyone gathers around the table.
  6. One player receives an empty cup and ping pong ball.
  7. The player on their opposite as well.

What player starts doesn’t really matter, as the cups are passed between players rather quickly. Got it set up? Let’s continue with the actual gameplay.

How to Play Slap Cup

The game starts after a countdown from 5 to 1.

At the starting sign, both players start by bouncing their ball onto the table, aiming for it to land in their cup.

  • If the ball lands in their cup on their first try, they can pass the empty cup and ball to another player by choice.
  • If the ball lands in the cup on the second or later attempt, the player must pass their ball and cup to the player directly on their left.
    • In both cases, the other player keeps bouncing their ball.

This is where the slapping comes into play:

  • If you manage to land your ball in your cup while the player to your left is still bouncing, you can slap their cup off the table.
    • That player must then take a cup from the center of the table, drink its contents, and remove it.

The game continues like this until all center cups are out of the game.

Slap Cup Rules

Aside from the normal gameplay, there are some additional rules for certain situations:

  • Ball off the table: if a player’s ball bounces off the table, they can shout “Stop!”, after which the game pauses until both balls are on the table again.
  • Double bounce: if a player manages to double bounce their ball into their cup, then they can slap the other player’s cup even when they are not next to each other.
  • Wrist Rule: Your wrist is not allowed to go over the edge of the table when you bounce the ball.

Final words…

Have you played Beer Pong too often but still want to enjoy an active drinking game? Slap Cup is a fun alternative with a completely different set of rules that still involves ping pong balls, party cups, and beer!

Aside from Beer Pong and Slap Cup, there are many other entertaining drinking games with party cups that you should try.

You can also organize your own Beer Olympics!

Remember to always drink responsibly. Know your limits, and be respectful to others. Make sure that everyone is doing okay, and protect them from going too far.

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